Inexpensive Decorating Ideas to
Freshen Up Your Home.
In these tough economic times, it's hard to justify spending a lot of money on
something like home decorating.
Fortunately, you really don't have to. There are many different ways to spruce
up a room without breaking the budget. From painting to furniture to simple
accents, frugal fix ups and inexpensive home deorations are quite easy to achieve. And anybody
can do it with our decorating ideas on a budget.
1. Paint the Room... or
Just an Accent Wall!
fresh coat of paint will brighten a room immediately and packs the most bang
for your buck. If painting an entire room seems daunting, try creating an
accent wall. In addition to an interesting color, you can try an inexpensive
treatment to make the wall look like plaster, wood, or even leather. Many of
the larger home improvement chains offer step-by-step instruction pamphlets on
how to do faux finishes, along with numerous 'idea' guides. Try stripes or a sponge technique. The
possibilities and color palette are endless.
2. Clear the Fridge and Showcase Some Artwork!
of walls, it's time to give the refrigerator a break from art gallery duty. Try
taking one or two of your child's masterpieces and giving them a new home. Find
a nice frame with a mat (thrift stores are an excellent source for these), or
create your own mat using poster board. You can paint it, stencil it or have
your little ones decorate it. Then frame and hang your child's artwork. Your
little one will beam when he sees his art on display.
3. Have a Photo Wall
Try devoting an entire wall to photographs and make
sure it is in a high traffic area. Use photos of family, friends, pets, or
vacations--anything goes. Purchase used frames from yard sales or flea markets.
You can even find decent frames at dollar stores. You'll be amazed at how many
people will enjoy sharing your history.
Decorating on a budget is not always easy, but a little can
go a long way. Another great wall art idea is taking greeting cards and framing
them. Many will fit in a standard 5X7 frame.
4. Spruce Up a Table
of the things you already have can be spruced up to look brand new. I'm a huge
fan of taking something old and making it fresh. That scratched up end table
can look fresh with a bit of sandpaper, elbow grease and varnish. Or paint it
bright yellow to wake up a tired room.
5. Paint a Lampshade
an old lamp shade (not the corrugated kind) and paint it. Paint flowers,
stripes, horses, or even a modern design. If you're not good at painting,
let your kids do hand prints on it, then date it, or cover it in inexpensive
cotton fabric--even an old shirt.
6. Incorporate a Little Bit of Everyone
One of the most
important things is to make sure your home reflects you and your family. There
shouldn't be a room in the home that doesn't have a little piece of each family
member in it. From a daughter's first pair of cowboy boots donning a shelf in a
western bathroom, to a grandchild's interpretation of tulips framed above a
kitchen table, virtually any object can be used as a point of interest. Best of
all, personal mementos like these have far more meaning that nick knacks
purchased in a home decorating store.
The possibilities are truly endless. Home decorating ideas on a
budget may seem
difficult at first, but remember a few simple rules and you'll do just fine:
Use your imagination, make sure your home reflects you and yours, and most
important, have fun!